I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to the institution of slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 ______________________________ Lincoln, the latest production from Steven Spielberg, was released on Friday, November 16. The [...]
In order to move forward from capitalist society the working class needs an ironclad philosophy, one that can be of use in the storm and stress of revolution. Making sense of a turbulent world requires a method of thinking that is flexible, fluid and takes evolutionary transformation into account. This world outlook of Marxism is [...]
Marxist economic theory is an excellent resource for understanding how socioeconomic systems evolve. At the root of every society are the productive forces (industry, agriculture, science, and technology), and the production relationships that people occupy in the system (owners, workers, lawyers, farmers, etc).
Brad Forrest A real analysis of the United State’s economic history is rarely discussed by politicians or media alike, since the conclusions that would be inevitably drawn would be out of step with what politicians are [...]
The Teamster’s stated goal is to protect the American Dream for middle class workers. However, years of supporting the Democrats have shown precisely the worthlesness of these professional politicians: organized labor is now just 12 percent of the American workforce.
Brad Forrest The Democratic Party majorities in Congress may be a thing of the past, if campaign spending has anything to do with it. It’s the age of austerity! This is the battle cry of the ruling class as a response to the greatest slump since the Great Depression. “Bond markets” demand that the public [...]
Brad Forrest The humanitarian disaster that is engulfing Pakistan due to the monstrous monsoon rains is partly due to the nature of the unavoidable natural disaster, the worst rains in a generation, but it is partly also due to the baneful effects of colonial slavery in the economically backward region. The torrent of rain has [...]
Brad Forrest The George W. Bush years seem like a distant and very unhappy memory these days. But it should be remembered that it was the disastrous policies of the Republican Party and the same open and unabashed representatives of big business that figured prominently in bringing about the victory of Barack Obama. The ascendancy [...]
Brad Forrest Nepal is headed once again for more civil strife after what seemed to be an end to a decade-long insurgency of that country’s Maoist fighters. The latest political crisis for the Maoists is that they demanded that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resign, which he did on June 30, and that a new [...]
Book Review: Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy By Adam Roose Reviewed Brad Forrest The World is divided, it must be redivided. Leon Trotsky A book about the economic history of the Nazi regime is essential for three reasons. First, the class nature of fascism is clearly revealed: fascism is [...]
Brad Forrest Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 20, 2003. The exact nature of this war is the exact opposite of its name. The Iraqis will never know anything resembling freedom coming from the direction of the United States military. The real purpose of the Iraq war was criminal in nature, the theft of the [...]
Brad Forrest GM has been in business since 1908, 101 years, but has just buckled under the pressure of the current economic crisis. GM filed for Chapter 11 on June 1 with the help of the federal government. The government has already thrown $50 billion of our tax dollars at the ailing automaker, but that’s [...]
Brad Forrest The two fundamental problems that have to be solved in our time are the problems of private property and the nation state.
“President Obama was voted into office and legislative Democrats hold a commanding presence in the House and Senate, thanks to Americans who vainly hope they will straighten out the disastrous Bush era policies. But since his inauguration, Obama has tacked to the right on almost every issue you care to name.”
Brad Forrest The Obama administration is continuing the Bush-era policy of crushing Afghanistan in the drive to dominate the Middle East. Even the top American commander, General Stanley McChrystal, calls Afghanistan a “ . . . tremendously complex, Mad Max, utterly devastated society . . .” (The Economist, August 22-28, 2009) This is, of course, [...]